With the purpose to shed light on the role of memory and civilizational heritage, as well as their positive impact on national unity, the Directorate of Communication, Information and Orientation of the General Stuff the People's National Army organized today, Wednesday 17th March 2021, at the Army’s National Circle, a national seminar under the theme: "Memory and national unity".
The Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff of People's National Army, presided over the opening of the seminar work, in the presence of the Ministers of Communication, National Education, higher education and scientific, culture and arts research, the Secretary General of the Moujahidin and beneficiaries as well as the Secretary General by Interim of the Ministry of National Defence, the Force Commanders and the Commander of the 1st Military Region, the Chiefs of Departments, and the Directors and Chiefs of the Central Services of the Ministry of National Defence and of the General Staff of the People's National Army.
At the beginning, the Lieutenant General addressed an opening speech, via videoconference followed by the executives and the personnel of People's National Army, through which he sent them his best wishes on the occasion of the celebration of the Victory Day and the Month of the Chouhada, stressing that the organization of this seminar intervenes with the objective of highlighting the role of memory and the cultural and civilizational heritage of the nation in the consolidation of national unity:
"I am delighted, at the beginning of my opening address, to welcome and express my gratitude to the ministers, for having responded to our invitation to take part in this seminar. welcome to our honourable guests, with special attention to our valiant Moujahidin, present with us today, and through them to all the heroes of the illustrious November, throughout the country, men whose bravery fills our national memory with values, and teaches new generations authentic lessons and references, able to preserve the legacy of the chouhada and to contribute to the prosperity of the nation.
I also send my best wishes, on the occasion of the celebration of the Victory Day and the Month of the Chouhada, to all the personnel of People's National Army, worthy heir to the National Liberation Army, as well as to all the Algerian people, praying to Allah the Almighty to grant His holy mercy to the chouhada of the popular resistance, to the martyrs of our Glorious Revolution and of national duty, as well as to the deceased moujahidin, and to preserve those who are still with us today, in health and serenity.
The organization of this seminar, under the theme "Memory and national unity", aims to review the national heritage, which is the product of the previous generations genius, in various fields, as well as the values and the traditions established by the societies which have succeeded one another in our geographical space, and their positive effect on national, territorial and popular unity, in spite of the trials which have marked their course throughout our glorious history”.
The Lieutenant General saluted the initiatives undertaken by the President of the Republic, Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defence, in the conservation of the national memory aiming to forge the personality of the Algerian citizen, aware of its civilizational values and fully committed to its society:
"On this occasion, I would like to remind, but also to salute the initiatives of the President of the Republic, Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defence, to launch the El-DHAKIRA channel, dedicated to the national history , as the first step of the national memory conservation project, as well as decreeing 8th May of each year as “National Day of Remembrance”, and repatriating a large batch of the mortuary remains of the Chouhada of the popular resistance, while waiting to recover all of our national memory.
These noble approaches are able to keep the national memory alive, through awareness of national history and the anchoring of civilizational belonging, preserving the Algerian citizen from alternative drifts, influenced by the various media channels, and guaranteeing to Algeria its authentic environment, in its historical, geographical and cultural aspects.
These dimensions represent the national constants, consecrated by the glorious Revolution of November and which are the only benchmark capable to preserve our national security and our stability, and to achieve the promising objective of building a strong State present at the nations concert. The preservation of the national memory is a national project which requires the combined efforts of all sectors of the State, in particular those of education, culture, higher education, media and religious affairs, where The roles complement each other with the vocation of the family, as the nucleus of society, in order to forge the personality of a citizen, aware of his civilizational values and fully committed to his society”.
The Lieutenant General recalled that the positions of the Algerian people are, like the mountains, immutable and unshakable, since they are inspired by our national doctrine and our glorious Revolution of Liberation. A people determined to never deviate from these commitments whatever the sacrifices to be made:
"As such, we reiterate that the positions of the Algerian people are, like the mountains, immutable and unshakable, since they are inspired by our national doctrine and our glorious liberation revolution, sealed by the blood of millions of chouhada, who sacrificed their lives during the great popular resistance, during the glorious Revolution of November, as well as during our heroic struggle, which ended in defeating the sinister plan to proliferate terrorism in our country, thanks to a people determined to never deviate from these positions, whatever the sacrifices to be made, a rich capital with values which is undoubtedly the guarantor of our national unity and the beacon which illuminates our victorious course ".
The work of the seminar continued with a number of interventions which as a whole aim to raise awareness of the risks linked to a possible neglect of national memory or disinterest in the preservation of our own specificities that have enabled our Nation to evolve in through the ages, by giving more importance to the repository contained in our national memory, and by highlighting its pivotal role in the preservation of national unity and the cohesion of society, while promoting our noble principles anchored by the Glorious Revolution of November.